Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 With Battery Fix

Apple on Thursday released an update to iOS 5 that fixes a battery problem affecting certain iPhone users.

According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 5.0.1 resolves four main issues: fixes bugs affecting battery life; adds multitasking gestures for original iPad; resolves bugs with documents in the cloud; and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

The 44.6MB download is available now for those with an iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S, an iPad or iPad 2, or iPod touch third and fourth generation. Those with iOS 5 can find it from their devices via Settings>General>Software Update.


Reports of decreased iPhone battery life cropped up late last month in the wake of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 releases. One user told the Guardian that he experienced a 10 percent drop every hour, and Apple engineers reportedly started contacting iPhone 4S owners about the “known issue” with its battery.

Apple confirmed the bug last week. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement. “We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Two beta versions of iOS 5.0.1 were then released to developers and Apple also provided it to those in the AppleSeed program, which provides test, pre-release software to real-world users.

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